Noble D’Amato was riding shotgun in Lauren Boebert’s son Tyler’s car last September when the car flipped. The accident left D’Amato, nineteen years old, with “multiple concussions and a severely lacerated hand.”
Side note: I’m not sure how someone sustains multiple concussions simultaneously, but it sounds like D’Amato hit his head hard.
“I still have problems with my hand,” D’Amato said. “My thumb almost got cut off. It prevented me from getting a welding job because I can’t hold a TIG torch anymore. I’m a personal-care provider now.” D’Amato added that, while Tyler Boebert was sober at the time of the accident, he was “driving so ******* fast.”
According to investigators, the car flipped when Boebert “failed to negotiate a left-hand curve in the roadway” and “veered off to the right side of the roadway before flipping into a creekbed.”
The description of the accident is consistent with D’Amato’s claim of a car traveling too fast.
Actually, the description of the accident makes whoever was driving sound like a terrible driver.
After the accident, D’Amato said he remembered “waking up with blood pouring out of my hand…I had put my hands up in the air to protect myself and got messed up really bad by the window or something. I was just glad to be alive.”
A Lauren Boebert Coverup?
Teenagers crashing cars don’t often become politically relevant, but now D’Amato is claiming that Representative Boebert tried to cover up his injuries.
“She never liked me. But that doesn’t give them the right to try and hide the fact that I was injured. They just don’t give a ****. It’s the entire family.”
D’Amato said that, although the crash was an accident, he expected some sort of acknowledgement.
“I know he didn’t mean to do it. It was an accident. But the fact that they’re downplaying it like this is something else. Superficial injuries? I got multiple concussions. My thumb was almost cut off. I couldn’t hold a torch. It prevented me from getting a welding job. So, yeah, harm was definitely done,” D’Amato said.
D’Amato is referring to comments that Boebert’s office made to The Independent, claiming that “the injury reported was superficial at best and was addressed by medical professionals out of caution.”
Who to believe?
Two sides with two different stories.
While the cover up here isn’t exactly a Watergate-magnitude scandal, there seems to be some dishonesty coming from Boebert’s camp.
Of course, D’Amato could be fibbing, too – politicians and public figures are tempting targets. But D’Amato doesn’t seem to be making demands other than wanting an acknowledgement that his injuries were significant; he doesn’t seem to be posturing himself to gain from lying.
Lauren Boebert on the other hand has an incentive to downplay the significance of the accident in two respects. First, as a parent, many parents instinctively defend the actions of their children, even when those actions were wrong. It seems plausible that a mother would downplay the harm her son had caused.
Second, as a politician. Politicians mitigate. Politicians spin. Having a son at fault in a bad accident is a bad look. So, you spin and mitigate. It wasn’t that bad. It was superficial. Et cetera.
I wasn’t there, and anything’s possible, but when a politician-parent says the accident their kid was involved in wasn’t too bad, I take the statement skeptically. Especially when the politician-parent is Lauren Boebert.
Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.